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Detailed record for Sloane 503

Part 1 ff. 26-181v 
Title Icelandic Gradual
Origin Iceland
Date 1st quarter of the 16th century
Language Icelandic and Latin
Script Gothic
Decoration 1 large historiated initial, in colours (f. 33). Large decorated initials, in colours. Smaller initials in red, blue, green, or yellow with pen-flourishing in different colours, some including human faces.
Dimensions in mm 305 x 190 (250 x 145)
 
Part 2 ff. 8-25, and many inserted leaves 
Title Psalms and Hymns
Origin Iceland
Date last quarter of the 16th century
Language Icelandic and Latin
Script Gothic cursive
Decoration Large decorated initials in brown, blue or green ink, a few containing human faces imitating the decoration of the original part (e.g. f. 16v). Cuttings of large decorated initials - printed or painted - pasted in.
Dimensions in mm 305 x 190 (265 x 160)
 
Official foliation ff. 186 (+ 154*; + 10 original leaves after f. 181, and 13 after f. 182; + 3 paper flyleaves at the beginning, and 4 at the end)
Form Paper codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1966.
Provenance Sir Hans Sloane (b. 1660, d. 1753), baronet, physician and collector: inscribed 'Bibliotheca Sloaniana' (f. 9).
Purchased as part of the Sloane collection from Sloane's executors and incorporated into the newly founded British Museum in 1753.
Notes Musical notation.
Many inserted leaves in the later 16th-century hand (ff. 36, 60, 98-99, 103, 114, 146-147, 153, 162, 171, 183-186).
Little booklet containing a prayer in French and dated 'xi Juin 1674' pasted to f. 8 (ff. 2-7).
Select bibliography Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Sloanianae(Manuscripts 1-1091), ([London: British Museum], no date), no. 503.


Images

Part  1   ff. 26-181v
Icelandic Gradual
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Historiated initial

ff. 32v-33
Historiated initial
Detail

f. 33
Detail
Decorated initial

ff. 104v-105
Decorated initial
 
Detail

f. 104v
Detail

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